shave

shave
1 verb
1 (I, T) to cut off hair very close to the skin, especially from the face: I washed and shaved, then hurried out of the house. | His hands shake so badly his wife has to shave him. | shave your head/legs/armpits etc: Once Jenni shaved her head for a bet.
2 (T) to touch something slightly as you pass it; scrape 1 (2): The car just shaved the wall as we went round the corner.
shave sth off phrasal verb (T)
1 to remove hair by shaving: They made me shave off my beard when I joined the army.
2 to remove very thin pieces from the surface of something, using a knife or other cutting tool: I had to shave a few millimetres off the bottom of the door to make it shut.
3 to reduce an amount or number very slightly: She's shaved half a second off the world record.
2 noun (countable usually singular)
1 an act of shaving your face: He looked as if he needed a shave. | have a shave: I'll just have a shave before we go.
2 a close shave
a) a situation in which you only just avoid an accident or something
b) a shave that cuts the hair very close to your face

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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Synonyms:
(close to the surface) / (as by cutting off hair closely), / , / , , , , (by extortion) / , , (in passing over)


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  • Shave — Shave, v. t. [imp. {Shaved} (sh[=a]vd);p. p. {Shaved} or {Shaven} (sh[=a]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Shaving}.] [OE. shaven, schaven, AS. scafan, sceafan; akin to D. schaven, G. schaben, Icel. skafa, Sw. skafva, Dan. skave, Goth. scaban, Russ. kopate… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shave — Shave, n. [AS. scafa, sceafa, a sort of knife. See {Shave}, v. t.] 1. A thin slice; a shaving. Wright. [1913 Webster] 2. A cutting of the beard; the operation of shaving. [1913 Webster] 3. (a) An exorbitant discount on a note. [Cant, U.S.] (b) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shave — [shāv] vt. shaved, shaved or shaven, shaving [ME schaven < OE sceafan, akin to Ger schaben < IE base * (s)kab , to cut > L scabere, to shave] 1. to cut or scrape away a thin slice or slices from [to shave the edge of a door] 2. to cut or …   English World dictionary

  • Shave — (sh[=a]v), obs. p. p. of {Shave}. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] His beard was shave as nigh as ever he can. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Shave — Shave, v. i. To use a razor for removing the beard; to cut closely; hence, to be hard and severe in a bargain; to practice extortion; to cheat. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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